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A Word About Pacing

Have you ever read a story and thought the characters should just get on with it? That’s an indication that the author missed the pace of the story. Pacing is the speed at which a story moves along. It can

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Reading

Writing goes hand in hand with reading. While some of us write for our own pleasure, most write to be read. To do that well, you need to study your genre.  If you want to write mysteries, read mysteries. If

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Description

  Description is an important part of fiction. You have created a world in your head, now you have to get it into your readers’ heads. You do that by description. Description is more than how something looks. You have

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Revision

Today, I am going to talk about revising our work. Ernest Hemingway said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” He was right. While writing a first draft, the only goal is to get the story out and written down

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Middles

Since I wrote about beginnings and endings, I should say a few words about the middle of a story, or “what else could go wrong?” A good beginning and a good ending are all well and good, but you also

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Reference Books

No matter what you are writing good reference books are essential. They might be in a library that you have to travel to or on the internet, but at some point a writer will need to use a reference book.

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Finding the Balance

Life is a balancing act. You have to balance work and play, work and family, diet and exercise and for me, at least, work and writing. Even in writing, there is a balancing act that authors do when writing fiction.

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Finding Your Balance

Life is a balancing act. You have to balance work and play, work and family, diet and exercise and for me, at least, work and writing. Even in writing, there is a balancing act that authors do when writing fiction.

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Health Assessment and Writing

I recently moved from one employer to another. I didn’t change jobs, I just got hired in as a permanent employee at the job. That meant that my health insurance changed. They want me to complete an online health assessment.

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Revision

Getting the story down on paper is the easier part. That sounds counter intuitive, but in my case, it’s true. I usually have a lot of talking heads. In the very first read through of the story, after I have

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